There are over 2.6 million registered nurses in the United States. According to the American Nurses Association, nurses are involved in the following 5 primary activities: assessment, diagnosis
, planning, implementation, and evaluation. In order to become a registered nurse or "RN," the candidate must graduate from an accredited four-year educational institution with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a two-year program with an Associate Degree in Nursing. After graduation the candidate must pass a national examination that is administered by the various states' Boards of Nursing. After successful completion the candidate is considered a registered nurse.
Unfortunately, there are too few nurses available to meet the current demand for nursing care. As a result, many otherwise preventable mistakes are occurring as nurses become overworked. Such dangers will continue to exist until hospitals
and other healthcare institutions devote additional funds to increase nursing staff.
A report published in the July 2004 issue of the journal of Health Affairs reveals that nursing errors are three times higher once a shift extends past 12.5 hours. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, analyzed information from 5,000 nursing shifts involving 393 nurses over a 1 month period. According to the data, nurses committed 199 medical errors and 213 near errors. Unfortunately, due to the ever-increasing registered nurse shortage in the United States, overtime hours are steadily increasing.
If you have been injured by an under trained or overworked nurse, it may be important for you to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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